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Equestria Girls Review: “Dance Magic”

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The first of three Equestria Girls specials aired on Discovery Family, so let’s get to it. The Rainbooms are trying to raise money for repairs to the dock at Camp Everfree. They are still short of their goal after a car wash and time is running out. So Rarity suggests they enter a dance music video contest. Two problems ensue. The first is that they will need to use some of the funds raised already to buy costumes and equipment. The other is that the Crystal Prep girls (sans Indigo Zap) are also entering so they can hold their Spring Dance on a yacht—and they play to win. They also play to copy Rarity’s idea after she tells it to them which is a mash-up of dances you’d see on America’s Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance?, or Dance Fever. (Had to put in that older reference lost on younger fans.)

The girls try other ideas, though Applejack’s is something like a cooking show on CMT, Rainbow Dash foreshadows next week’s special, and Pinkie Pie….imagines as only she can. The Crystal Prep girls are also having problems. They have a dance routine (Rarity’s), but no song. Rarity offers the Rainbooms’ help on that in exchange for dance lessons from the Crystal Prep girls. The result is a well-animated musical number to go with the bonus track from the “Friendship Games” soundtrack. So both the dock gets the funds for repairs and the Crystal Prep girls get their dance on a yacht.

It’s a good special, though it borrows heavily from “Rarity Takes Manehattan” (albeit with no Coco Pommel) and the third act is a bit rushed here. I also have to fault the focus on a little bit. I mentioned the concepts, but there didn’t appear to be as much drive for the dance video until late given that they are trying to fund the repairs for the dock. Maybe that’s just me, though, so take what you will. The costumes were nice, though.

So, a plausible start for the first of these three specials, though a bit rough around the edges.

GRADE:  B

StatManDan

Equestria Girls Specials to Air on Discovery Family Starting June 24th

The trio of Equestria Girls specials that are making their way through Teletoon+ in Poland will air on Discovery Family starting June 24th at 11:30am ET/10:30am CT which is the regular slot for Friendship is Magic.

The specials will start with “Dance Magic” on June 24th, followed by “Movie Magic” on July 1st, and “Mirror Magic” on July 8th.

As for FiM, the show will enter a midseason hiatus after airing “Not Asking for Trouble” on June 17th. That is the 11th episode of Season Seven which means that in all likelihood, Season Seven will continue even after the MLP Movie opens on October 6th assuming the show continues airing new episodes once a week.

As for Treehouse in Canada, they aired every Season Seven episode up to and including “Not Asking for Trouble” to date. Season Seven reruns will start on the channel this Saturday.

Meanwhile, ‘Big’ Jim Miller offically confirmed on Thursday that there will be an eighth season of the show starting in Spring 2018.  Assuming Season Eight will run 26 episodes, it will bring the show’s overall total to 195 episodes by that season’s end.

StatManDan